Sturgeon under fire! Mass protests break out in Scotland as First Minister loses grip

Scotland's Deputy First Minister grilled over Covid-19 data

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The protest was organised by Scotland Against Lockdown. The group is opposed to mandatory face masks, social distancing and mandatory vaccines, according to its social media pages. The campaigners are also opposed to the Scottish and UK Governments’ Coronavirus Act 2020.

The crowds gathered in Scotland’s largest city for the march, with many carrying signs and banners opposing new measures.

Some of the banners read “Freedom over fear”, “stand up, take your freedom back” and “my body, my choice”.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers are currently facilitating an unplanned procession in Glasgow City centre to ensure public safety and minimise disruption to the community.”

According to official data, Covid cases in Wales and Scotland are increasing faster than in England, despite the harsher restrictions in place.

Confirmed infections are rising more than twice as quickly in Scotland than in England.

As of January 9, there have been 7,561 new cases of Covid, with a further three more deaths.

The latest figures also revealed 55 people were in intensive care on Saturday following a recent positive test.

Around 1,381 people were in hospital on Saturday.

In the week up to January 2, there were 14,006 confirmed cases, rising by more than double from 6,976.

In comparison, cases increased by 44 percent in England to 129,014 during the same period.

This protest comes after Ms Sturgeon announced new measures in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, which included mass gatherings being banned and pubs reverting to table service.

Football matches and other outdoor events were limited to only 500 spectators from December 26, meaning Boxing Day games were effectively fan-free.

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Indoor standing events will be limited to 100 people, with 200 punters allowed at indoor seated events. Outdoor events allow 500 seated or standing.

Large Hogmanay gatherings were also scrapped under the new rules, including Edinburgh’s world-famous celebrations.

These measures are expected to be in place for three weeks.

In a statement to MSPs before Christmas, the First Minister said: “We are not changing the advice for Christmas that I set out last week.

“It is important that with just a few days to go, there is certainty about family gatherings on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

“I am not asking anyone to change these. However – and I cannot stress this enough – please follow advice to keep family celebrations as safe as possible.

“Keep gatherings as small as family circumstances allow.”

People are advised to limit their contacts as much as possible and stay at home as much is feasible, Ms Sturgeon said.

The Scottish First Minister also faced calls to resign after she announced changes to self-isolation guidelines.

Ms Sturgeon warned the Omicron strain of Covid is likely to replace Delta as the dominant form of the virus within days.

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